Music is a rich and vital part of worship at Central Unitarian Church, and our members and friends get involved as listeners and performers.
Music of the piano, organ, and other instruments is woven into every service, as are hymns from our faith tradition and others. Thanks to our location near New York City, we frequently welcome professional guest artists from classical, jazz, and nontraditional music worlds. 

Central Unitarian Church Choir Performing “Ose Shalom.”

The CUC Choir

The choir, a key part of our music program, performs at Sunday Services every three to four weeks. It’s a place where everyone, from members to non-members of the congregation, is welcome to participate. The choir’s repertoire is a testament to its diversity, ranging from Handel and Faure to Lennon and McCartney to Ellington.

Guest Musicians

The frequent inclusion of guest musicians further enriches our music program. These talented individuals bring their unique styles and forms of music into our worship services, adding a layer of diversity and novelty. Their performances complement our choir and music director and provide a fresh perspective and a unique touch to our services.

CUC’s Music Staff

Matt Anderson, Music Director, is a freelance musician, composer, and audio professional. His primary instrument is the piano; his secondary instruments are guitar, violin, and organ. As a composer, he can write, rewrite, and arrange music according to the specific needs of ensembles to emphasize strengths, compensate for weaknesses, and maximize each group’s unique potential. 

He has an extensive background in musical theater. He has directed and musically directed nearly forty shows. He has performed in Off-Broadway, professional touring companies, and college, school, and community theater groups.

 

Person of color, black hair and beard, wearing a gray scarf over a black shirt Robert René Galván is a conductor and educator with a long list of credits and associations from all over North America, ranging from small churches to the highest echelons of music. He is equally at home in orchestral, choral, operatic repertoire, and musical theater and is known for his extraordinary professionalism, precise communication, and directing skills. In addition to Central Unitarian Church, Maestro Galván is the Conductor of the Bronx Concert Singers, Peace of Heart Choir, and Manhattan Sinfonia in New York City. He currently serves as Professor of Conducting at the Long Island Conservatory of Music. He was also Music Director of Highbridge Voices Youth Chorus and Professor of Conducting & Choral Studies at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, where he trained young conductors and directed the conservatory chorale. He was guest conductor of the Florilegium Chamber Choir in Manhattan and Cappella Festiva in upstate New York. For four seasons, he was conductor of the Springfield Symphony Chorus in Massachusetts. In Texas, Galván held positions as conductor of the Austin Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the Austin Choral Union, and director of both the University Chorus and the Longhorn Singers at the University of Texas. He is married to the playwright Holly Hepp and has a daughter, Gina.

 


To learn more about music at CUC, email worship@cucparamus.org.